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26 September 2020

Jacques Chirac

France: Jacques Chirac, 26 September 2020. Images from Phil-Ouest.

Technical Specifications:

Issue Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020
Illustrated obliteration 1st day in Sarran (19) at the Museum of President Jacques Chirac, 2 Museum
Road, 19800 SARRAN (Times to be specified) in Paris (75) Le Carré d’Encre, from 10am to 5pm, 13 bis rue des Mathurins, 75009 PARIS.
Sarah BOUGAULT will host a signing session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
General sale on Monday, September 28, 2020
Face value: €0.97
Postage of the green letter up to 20g for France, Monaco, Andorra and postal sectors (army)
Vertical stamp – Serration : 13
Total dimensions: 30×40.85 mm
Colors : blue, red, black
Printed in soft waist 48 stamps per sheet
Issued to 500,000 copies

Designed and engraved by Sarah Bougault
From a photo of © photo Eric Lefeuvre

Jacques René Chirac (29 November 1932[5] – 26 September 2019) was a French politician who served as President of France from 1995 to 2007. Chirac was previously the Prime Minister of France from 1974 to 1976 and from 1986 to 1988, as well as the Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995.

After attending the École nationale d’administration, Chirac began his career as a high-level civil servant, entering politics shortly thereafter. Chirac occupied various senior positions, including Minister of Agriculture and Minister of the Interior. Chirac’s internal policies initially included lower tax rates, the removal of price controls, strong punishment for crime and terrorism, and business privatization. After pursuing these policies in his second term as Prime Minister, he changed his views. He argued for more socially responsible economic policies and was elected president in the 1995 presidential election with 52.6% of the vote in the second round, beating Socialist Lionel Jospin, after campaigning on a platform of healing the “social rift” (fracture sociale). Then, Chirac’s economic policies, based on dirigisme, allowing for state-directed investment, stood in opposition to the laissez-faire policies of the United Kingdom under the ministries of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, which Chirac described as “Anglo-Saxon ultraliberalism”.

He was also known for his stand against the American-led assault on Iraq, his recognition of the collaborationist French Government’s role in deporting Jews, and his reduction of the presidential term from 7 years to 5 through a referendum in 2000. At the 2002 French presidential election, he won 82.2% of the vote in the second round against the far-right candidate, Jean-Marie Le Pen. During his second term, however, he had a very low approval rating and was considered one of the least popular presidents in modern French political history.

In 2011, the Paris court declared Chirac guilty of diverting public funds and abusing public confidence, giving him a two-year suspended prison sentence.

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